In the “early days” of mobile technology the thought of working from home was on everyone’s mind. There was even thought of corporate centers going away completely. Obviously, that didn’t happen and most of us take comfort in the face-to-face interactions of day-to-day work that confirm our work existence. As our home, social and work life become more entwined, the thought of getting work done from anywhere but the office has become an almost daily decision.
With the recent announcement by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo Inc., that they are asking their associates to come back to the office, other organizational leaders may be questioning their policies regarding their employees working away from the office.
We would all agree that workprocesses have changed a great deal in the last decade. Effective work is now based on positive results delivered in a timely manner. In order to be effective, intellectual workers need the autonomy to do what needs to be done, with whom it needs to be done and in the place (or places) that are most appropriate.
Highly creative organizations such as Yahoo, Inc. rely on the somewhat serendipitous interaction of their associate knowledge-base. The speed and effectiviness of these encounters are critical to the final product offerings from Yahoo.
Every organizational culture has become so unique in their makeup that leadership can no longer make decisions regarding their work space (or work-ways) based on what someone else has done. These decisions can no longer be based on assumptions but must be carefully thought out relative to the intimate needs of their people.